Southeast Energy News

Florida bill would help more schools to go solar

SOLAR: Scores of North Carolina customers were denied or waitlisted for Duke Energy solar rebates last month due to technical glitches with a website. (Energy News Network)

Florida lawmakers consider a bill that would exempt investments in solar panels from schools’ per student spending caps. (WTSP)
A Louisville scientist is researching how to make solar-powered hydrogen fuel technology cost-competitive with hydrogen made from natural gas. (WFPL)
A new solar company in West Virginia works to help transition the northern part of the state to clean energy. (The Journal)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The Southeast could become a hot spot for producing electric vehicles, but experts say the region could fall behind if state policies don’t keep up. (E&E News, subscription)

NUCLEAR: A South Carolina judge sets an April 20 start date for a trial deciding whether utility Santee Cooper should refund billions of dollars to ratepayers for a failed nuclear project. (Associated Press) 

WIND: Dominion Energy says it will negotiate with construction and trade unions for the company’s wind project off the coast of Virginia. (Daily Energy Insider)

UTILITIES: Two dozen people opposed to Duke Energy’s request for a 6% rate increase in western North Carolina dominate a public hearing in Charlotte. (WFAE)

A third man dies after a gas explosion at a Texas oil well last week. (Houston Chronicle)
Louisiana’s governor seeks $150 million from the federal government to elevate a highway that leads to an oil and gas hub on the coast. (Associated Press)
Big oil companies’ profits plunged at the end of last year due to low oil and gas prices and investors’ long-term concerns about climate change. (E&E News, subscription)

OFFSHORE DRILLING: The head of the federal government’s offshore safety agency thinks there will be a drilling resurgence in the Gulf of Mexico. (Houston Chronicle)

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COAL ASH: The Tennessee Valley Authority is trying to identify families of those buried in a Tennessee cemetery, which it wants to move so that it can store coal ash on the site. (WKRN)

Florida needs to help mitigate climate change, and the first step should be installing more solar, a climate activist writes. (Sarasota Herald Tribune)
North Carolina can’t create a clean energy economy without natural gas, a resident writes. (Fayetteville Observer)

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